This INCREDIBLY RARE 1924 C.F.MARTIN Tenor Banjo!
That's right folks, Martin made a brief effort to break into the Banjo business in 1923 designing this rather austere Martinesque Tenor, but the demand for Martin's beautiful ukuleles was so great that the Tenor fell by the wayside....
ONLY 96 of these tenors were made between 1923 and 1926, and well, gosh, this is one of them.
Simply , but beautifully made, these were constructed with Maple necks, Maple tone rim, Ebony fingerboard with 17 frets, Brazilian Rosewood head laminate, bone nut, 11" head and 20 3/4 " scale.
All metal parts, including the rather 'hub cap' like resonator inset into the back, were sourced from the Grover Company. The elegant C.F.Martin is impressed on the rear of the headstock.
Martin's Tenor was never given a model designation nor were they ever put in the catalog, only appearing in the 1924 price list.
With its short scale and 17 fret neck this is a great Irish Tenor Banjo!
ONE OF 96, and in wonderful shape for a nearly one hundred year old instrument, this surely must be a Martin collectors 'Must Have'.